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Seminar by Professor Andrew Martin (University of New South Wales) Growth Approaches to Academic Motivation, Engagement, and Achievement

Recent Findings and Practice Relevant to Growth Mindset and Growth Goals

Too many assessment systems represent a zero-sum game in which some students’ success comes at the expense of other students’ success. Under a growth framework, however, all students have access to a sense of achievement and efficacy; although they may not outperform peers, they can outperform their own previous efforts.

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This presentation examines students’ academic growth. It does so from motivation and assessment perspectives. In terms of motivation, it explores academic growth mindset and growth goals and their role in students’ academic achievement and engagement. Recent promising research is presented that finds growth mindset and growth goals associated with academic outcomes, including for at-risk students (such as those with ADHD). Also presented are growth goal strategies that educators are successfully implementing to optimise students’ academic potential. From an assessment perspective, novel and practical approaches to assessing and mapping students’ academic trajectories are explored – including ways to operationalise these in the classroom and schools.  

Biographical Note: Andrew Martin, PhD, is Scientia Professor, Professor of Educational Psychology, and Co-Chair of the Educational Psychology Research Group in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Australia specializing in motivation, engagement, achievement, and quantitative research methods. He is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, Honorary Professor in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and President of the International Association of Applied Psychology’s Division 5 Educational and School Psychology. Based on sole and first authorships, Andrew placed 1st in the most recent International Rankings of the Most Published Educational Psychologists (Source: Table 2, Greenbaum et al., Educational Psychology Review, 2016; and 8th in absolute output, Table 1). He is Associate Editor of British Journal of Educational Psychology, Associate Editor of School Psychology International, Consulting Editor for Educational Psychology, and serves on numerous international and national Editorial Boards (Journal of Educational Psychology; Educational Psychologist; Contemporary Educational Psychology; Learning and Individual Differences; Educational and Developmental Psychologist; Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools). URL:



Prof_Martin_Exeter_Public_Lecture_2018.pdfAndrew Martin powerpoint presentation Jan 2018 (521K)


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